The educational assistant program is Minnesota's original and most successful post-secondary training program for paraprofessionals in education, training, and related services. This program provides the skills needed to work in an educational setting. Paraprofessionals work with children in day care centers, preschools, elementary schools and with children or adults with special needs. A paraprofessional is an employee whose position is either instructional in nature or who delivers direct services to individuals and/or their parents. A certificate option is also available.

NOTE: Program participants are subject to background checks according to Minnesota state law.

Course Outline
Required Courses
(18 Courses)
Enrollment for courses PHD1110 and PHD1185 are determined by placement tests.
Course Title Credits
ADR 1015 Activity Ideas for Program Development
EDA 1115 Special Education
EDA 1120 Special Education II
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
PHD 1005 Occupational Practicum 1*
PHD 1010 Cultures in the Workplace
PHD 1020 Sign Language I
PHD 1025 Sign Language II
PHD 1035 Computer/Machine Technology 3*
PHD 1050 Internship I 4*
PHD 1065 Teaching Strategies
PHD 1075 Human Relations at Work
PHD 1105 Behavior Management
PHD 1110 Language Arts
PHD 1125 Child Development I
PHD 1130 Child Development II
PHD 1155 Crisis Prevention/Intervention
PHD 1185 Math Activities
Total Credits: 40  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 43 while the section is listed as having 40 credits.
Elective Courses
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Course Title Credits
PHD 1030 Sign Language III
PHD 1070 The Paraprofessional: Who Am I?
PHD 1180 Employment Readiness
PHD 1195 Introduction to Supported Employment
PHD 1215 Living Skills I 1*
PHD 1225 Disability Awareness
PHD 1315 Promoting Self-Advocacy
PHD 2800 Professional Development 1*
Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
GSCI 1302 Introduction to Computers
GSCM 1102 Applied Written Communications
GSCM 1112 Applied Oral Communications
GSCM 1122 Applied Oral and Written Communications 2*
GSCM 1132 Applied Technical Writing
GSIS 1502 Human Relations
GSIS 1602 Personal Financial Management
GSMS 1201 Applied Mathematics
GSMS 1202 Applied Mathematics
GSMS 1222 Applied Elementary Algebra
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
GSWS 1422 Quality Management
GSWS 1432 Problem Solving/Decision Making
GSWS 1442 Team Development
GSWS 1471 CPR for Health Care Providers
Total Credits: 3  
Total Diploma Credits: 43  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.